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    Routes to formality: transport accessibility, skills, and labour markets in Bogotá

Routes to formality: transport accessibility, skills, and labour markets in Bogotá

Workers living close to TransMilenio bus-rapid-transit stations in the Colombian capital have a lower probability of being in informal employment, but proximity impacts differently on high- and low-skilled workers, writes Nicolás Oviedo Dávila (LSE).

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    Revisiting the developmental state: Brazil and India in the 21st century

Revisiting the developmental state: Brazil and India in the 21st century

Real and credible development in these countries means pursuing knowledge social economy visions that are genuinely autochthonous, writes Valbona Muzaka (King’s College London).

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    Pode o sucesso do Brasil na resposta à intersecção de desigualdades ser um modelo para o resto do mundo?

Pode o sucesso do Brasil na resposta à intersecção de desigualdades ser um modelo para o resto do mundo?

Sempre citado como tendo uma das sociedades mais desiguais do mundo, o Brasil progrediu significantemente na redução da disparidade, entre 2002 e 2013, principalmente entre os que sofrem com interseccionalidade de desigualdades múltiplas e acumuladas. Em um esboço de seu recente artigo para o Instituto de Desigualdade Internacional, Naila Kabeer (LSE International Development/Gender Studies) e Ricardo Santos (UNU-WIDER) argumentam que entender melhor o progresso brasileiro […]

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    The future of Caribbean sugar will depend on the region’s capacity for cooperation

The future of Caribbean sugar will depend on the region’s capacity for cooperation

As CARICOM trade ministers meet to discuss the future of Caribbean sugar, David Jessop (Caribbean Council) argues that successful protection of the industry will require that the four exporting countries, their fractious sugar industries, and food and drink manufacturers jointly recognise the long-term benefits that could flow from integration.

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    The Cayman conundrum: why is one tiny archipelago the largest financial centre in Latin America and the Caribbean?

The Cayman conundrum: why is one tiny archipelago the largest financial centre in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Analysing how millions of multinational corporations structure their global ownership chains reveals that Cayman acts as a ‘sink’ offshore financial centre where foreign capital accumulates and data trails often end, writes Jan Fichtner (University of Amsterdam).

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    Building back better in the Caribbean requires supportive international finance

Building back better in the Caribbean requires supportive international finance

The time has come for the international community to shape a financial architecture that is more supportive of small island states’ special circumstances and needs, writes Gail Hurley (United Nations Development Programme).

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    Territorially Focused Development Plans can transform the countryside and strengthen peace in Colombia

Territorially Focused Development Plans can transform the countryside and strengthen peace in Colombia

The PDET process will allow social conflicts to be addressed through democratic discussion and respect for differences, thus helping to create a broad and effective institutional framework with significant potential for transformation, writes Mariana Escobar Arango (Territorial Renewal Agency, Colombia).

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    Combating inequalities amongst children and the active workforce can boost skills and productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Combating inequalities amongst children and the active workforce can boost skills and productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Improving skills amongst children and adults alike requires an evidence-based approach to policymaking rather than intuition and theory, argue Mattias Busso, Julian Cristia, Diana Hincapié, Julián Messina and Laura Ripani (Inter-American Development Bank).

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    Extreme weather events in the Caribbean call for a rethink of how Official Development Assistance is allocated

Extreme weather events in the Caribbean call for a rethink of how Official Development Assistance is allocated

The international community must reassess the developmental aid system to take account of the vulnerability of specific regions to the effects climate change, regardless of their income status, writes Polly Hatfield.

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    Could Brazil’s success in tackling intersecting inequalities be a model for the rest of the world?

Could Brazil’s success in tackling intersecting inequalities be a model for the rest of the world?

Often cited as one of the most unequal societies in the world, between 2002 and 2013 Brazil made significant progress in reducing inequality, especially amongst those facing multiple and overlapping inequalities. Drawing on insights from their recent working paper for the LSE International Inequalities Institute, Naila Kabeer (LSE International Development/Gender Studies) and Ricardo Santos (UNU-WIDER) argue that a better understanding of Brazil’s achievements could help other countries make real progress towards the […]